Black Church, Church and Politics

In our continuing of the series on five views of the church and politics, we turn today to the Black Church, or Prophetic, View, written by Bruce Fields, my friend and former colleague at TEDS. Fields’ study is in Amy Black (ed.), The Church and Politics: Five Views. She sketches these views, using (what I think [Read More…]

A Gay Atheist and the Irish Vote

Matthew Parris: Even as a (gay) atheist, I wince to see the philosophical mess that religious conservatives are making of their case. Is there nobody of any intellectual stature left in our English church, or the Roman church, to frame the argument against Christianity’s slide into just going with the flow of social and cultural [Read More…]

A Wheaton Prof’s “Political Disciple”

One of the most significant topics in America today, even if rarely talked about intelligently (but often talked about anyway), is political theology. What does it mean to be a “disciple” and to participate “politically”? Is there a “theology of the public life?” Gene Green at Wheaton is the General Editor of a new series called [Read More…]

The So-called “Wrong Side of History”

Some people think they know where history is taking us and are quite happy to declare boom-booms on those who take exception, the boom-booms declared with a long finger pointing at them with the accusation they will be on the “wrong side of history” or, perhaps more damaging, they will be “left behind” or “irrelevant.” [Read More…]

Christianity in the Public Square

From Samuel Smith: Questions for Peter Lillback: What’s your aim? What’s the best strategy to make it happen?  Speaking at Westminster Theological Seminary’s second-ever “Real State of the Union” conference last Saturday, three Christian scholars stressed to attendees that it is time for Christians to faithfully stand up in the public square and reclaim America’s [Read More…]

Exiles on Mission (by Andrew Wilson)

Witness, Winsomeness and Winter (by Andrew Wilson, used with permission) In Tim Keller’s Center Church, he identifies four “seasons” in the cycle of the church’s relation to the culture. In winter, the church faces hostility from the culture, is weak or even underground, and sees very limited evangelistic fruit (as in much of the Islamic [Read More…]

Economics: Catholic and Evangelicals Shifting

Evangelicals and Catholics are tilting left in economic theory: By and large, and for about four decades now, conservative Christians — though Evangelicals more than Catholics — have sided with the conservative critique of government and the neo-conservative defense of capitalism. They’ve asserted with convincing arguments and statistics the productive and liberating effect of the [Read More…]

Evangelicals and Torture

Just in case you didn’t click through on the Patton Dodd link on Brian Zahnd’s post today, here is the opening to Patton’s post: In 2009, the Pew Research Center released a headline-grabbing survey showing that 6 in 10 white evangelical Protestants supported the use of torture against suspected terrorists. White evangelicals were the only religious group [Read More…]

Not Of This World, But For This World (RJS)

In John 18:36 Jesus responds to Pilate’s questioning “are you the king of the Jews?” saying “My kingdom is not from this world. … But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”(NRSV) Many English translations have of of this world, and some have both of this world and of here, leading the impression [Read More…]

Down to Earth Hope (RJS)

Romans 8:18-22 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the [Read More…]